Minority Students Admitted to New England Schools Meet Same Standards as Others, Study Finds

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Minority Students Admitted to New England Schools Meet Same Standards as Others, Study Finds

BOSTON

New England colleges and universities are not lowering their standards to admit minorities, according to a study released last month. The report, commissioned by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, examines how New England schools practice affirmative admissions in order to achieve diverse campuses.

"Among the most compelling findings in the study is that schools are not lowering academic standards to admit students of color," says Dr. Blenda J. Wilson, president and CEO of the Nellie Mae Foundation.

"I think there may be a misconception that affirmative admissions means that unqualified minority students are accepted over White students," says Dr. Stephen P. Coelen, executive director of the Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research (MISER) and a principal investigator of the report. "That is not the case. We found that minority students attending four-year colleges and universities in New England are qualified and meet the same standards as all other students offered admission." MISER, which is based at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, completed the study along with the Center for Education Policy (CEP).

The study also pointed to an increase in minority enrollment, Wilson says. …